Legal for "straight" dressage. NOT legal for Eventing Dressage.
It is just a more literal interpretation of the sentence "Any of the rings or cheeks shown on these plates is permitted with any of the bits." Since the "rings or cheeks" are not shown, they are not legal.
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).
Pretty much what Janet said. My understanding of the process is that it is a bit oddly very specific to specific bits that could potentially work differently or convey different advantages, hence the many threads on the Myler middle and the one Sprenger rotating middle being legal, but so many others, most notably the happy mouth peanut not being legal. I have been meaning to ask for a rule change on that one for the last couple of years, because it is one of my favorite bits, but have never gotten around to it. I currently ride in a Myler Baucher which is working for me and find the JP Baucher works OK as well, but I do wish that Ultra B was legal.
Thank you everyone so much!!! Such a bummer its not USEA legal
I don't understand the bummer when you haven't bought the B-ring yet and there are lozenge bouchers on the market that are USEA legal *and* cheaper than the B-ring. You're about to save money over buying a B-ring and there's a USEA-legal alternative: sounds like things are coming up roses for you.
The NS Tranz and Training Lozenge Bauchers, mentioned above, are extremely similar to the Herm Sprenger bits. My horse went the same in the HS B-Ring Baucher as he did in the NS Training Lozenge Baucher. And these days you can solve the problem even more cheaply with the Stubben Steeltec Baucher, which is about $75: http://www.123tack.com/stubben-steel...ucher-bit.html